Critic Review - Variety

Unlike the more sophisticated chronicle of resistance Burma VJ, it pays scant attention to the larger political context or, indeed, the strategies and tactics of protest in an age that offers sophisticated means of media management.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (3)
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Greg McInerney

Greg McInerney

It's not supposed to, it's a documentary about HIS village and what is ACTUALLY going on there. There is enough hyperbole around the broader political context in our news media to last a life time.

May 30 - 11:10 AM

Kief Davidson

Kief Davidson

Agreed. What a rediculous review.

Sep 25 - 10:42 PM

Chris Brook

Chris Brook

Why should this person give broader context, commenting on things he does not experience and knows little about??? This is simply his storey, this is what he is living through.

There is no "balance" in the film, because there is no balance in this guys life. It is unfair, and no appealing to something that is happening elsewhere in the region can balance that unfairness out for this guy.

Oct 5 - 10:02 AM

James Leong

James Leong

Narrow-minded and mean-spirited is just the beginning of this review's many faults.

It's a documentary told in the first person by a man whose close friend was killed by an Israeli soldier's bullet, a death caught on camera. The "saucer-eyed toddler" "thrown up" happens to be the filmmaker's son who grew up knowing and playing with the man who was killed, reacting to that man's death.

Is the reviewer really suggesting a better or more honest filmmaker would not have put these scenes into the film? If so, she clearly knows nothing about film-making.

What's more, she actually mis-characterizes one of the scenes in question, which is far from "saucer-eyed" and "sentimental". It is in fact about a boy's growing anger and burgeoning desire for revenge at the brutalization of his community.

And what about all those innuendos - "what was left out?", and "where does he gets his cameras?". What does she think the filmmaker left out? He and his friends secretly building WMDs? And what does it matter if his camera is getting more expensive? What does she suspect, that a well-funded terrorist network has decided to arm him with the latest and deadliest Panasonic?

The only question thrown up by this review is, what are the reviewer's own prejudices and political affiliations, that she seems so bent on muffling or distorting a truly authentic voice from a community that is so rarely heard?

Oct 8 - 07:17 AM

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